Pagani Zonda

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Pagani Zonda C12 and Zonda S 7.3

Pagani Zonda S 7.3 Roadster
Pagani Zonda S 7.3 Roadster. Pagani

In 1999, former Lamborghini designer Horacio Pagani brought forth his first ever solo supercar, the Pagani C12, at the Geneva Motor Show. Pagani had been responsible for much of the bodywork on the Countach and Diablo of the 80s and 90s. He used his technical expertise to create the Pagani Zonda C12, as the first car was known. The car carried a 12-cylinder Mercedes-Benz AMG with 394 hp, but it also carried a design influenced heavily by Mercedes' "silver arrows" on the track.

The Zonda S 7.3, a full-fledged supercar, came to Geneva the next year. It went on sale in 2002 with a larger 7.3-liter 12-cylinder from Mercedes. The front was designed to withstand bumps and dings, with all the important stuff set back behind the carbon-fiber seats. The six-speed transmission used a conventional stick shift -- no paddles. A topless Zonda S roadster became available in 2003, with a grand total of 40 ever produced.

  • Pagani Zonda S 7.3
  • Engine: mid-rear-mounted 7.3-liter Mercedes-Benz AMG V12
  • Horsepower: 555 hp
  • Torque: 553 lb-ft
  • Top speed: 220 mph
  • 0-62 mph: 3.7 seconds
  • Price: $325,000
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Pagani Zonda F

Pagani Zonda F
Pagani Zonda F. Pagani

The Pagani Zonda F was named for legendary Formula 1 driver -- and friend of Horacio Pagani -- Juan Maneul Fangio. Both Fangio and Pagani had been born in Argentina, and both men were fans of the power and capabilities in Mercedes' racing engines. The AMG V12 used in the F had even more power and torque when it debuted at Geneva in 2005 than the S. The F had a few firsts as well, with a hand-finished wooden Nardi steering wheel and a new dashboard inspired by classical clockmakers. It was also the first Pagani to be finished in bare, naked carbon fiber at the request of a customer. A roadster F debuted in 2006.

  • Engine: mid-rear-mounted 7.3-liter Mercedes-Benz AMG V12
  • Horsepower: 650 hp
  • Torque: 575 lb-ft
  • Top speed: 214+ mph
  • 0-62 mph: 3.6 seconds
  • Price: about $700,000
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Pagani Zonda R

Pagani Zonda R
Pagani Zonda R. Pagani

Moving a step beyond the F, the Pagani Zonda R was actually track-ready when it debuted in 2007, with an even more powerful Mercedes V12 on board, if you can believe it. It was created with a longer wheelbase at a client's request -- and you know that wasn't cheap. The body is the lightest it's been, in carbon and titanium, with a direct throttle mechanism that shifts (magnesium) gears in 20 milliseconds. And this time, with paddles, not a stick.

Track-ready usually means configurable, and the Pagani Zonda R is no different. It has adjustable-on-the-fly ABS and traction control systems, and the suspension and wing can be adjusted in the pits. The seats are FIA-compliant with 5-point racing harnesses with a minimalist, but not stripped, interior. Only 15 of these boy-racers-gone-bad were ever made.

  • Engine: mid-rear-mounted 7.3-liter Mercedes-Benz AMG V12
  • Horsepower: 750 hp
  • Torque: 523 lb-ft
  • Top speed: 217+ mph
  • 0-62 mph: 2.7 seconds
  • Price: $1.5 million
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Pagani Zonda Cinque

Pagani Zonda Cinque
Pagani Zonda Cinque. Pagani

A Hong Kong Pagani dealer made a request for "the most extreme road-legal Zonda ever created," and the boys in Modena took him up on the challenge. The Pagani Zonda Cinque debute in 2009 at Geneva (a roadster followed the next year), with modifications from the race-ready Zonda R. It carried a wider front splitter, the adjustable rear wing, and a flat bottom for better aerodynamics. There were new air intakes on the roof and engine cover to cool the engine and the brakes both, and the shock absorbers were created in titanium.

Inside, the Zonda Cinque was a bit more sophisticated than the weight-saving Zonda R had been. It has leather seats with 4-point belts with race-inspired controls. "Cinque" being Italian for "five," you might guess that there were only five of these cars built, with five more Zonda Cinque roadsters in 2010.

  • Engine: mid-rear-mounted 7.3-liter Mercedes-Benz AMG V12
  • Horsepower: 678 hp
  • Torque: 575 lb-ft
  • Top speed: 190+ mph
  • 0-62 mph: 3.4 seconds
  • Price: $1.8 million
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Pagani Zonda Tricolore

Pagani Zonda Tricolore
Pagani Zonda Tricolore. Pagani

For its last Zonda, Pagani created the Tricolor in honor of the anniversary of the Frecce Tricolori in 2010. Who, you ask? It's the airborne acrobatic team of the Italian Air Force. The Pagani Zonda Tricolori carries the colors and attitude of these highly trained pilots and their 10 aircraft -- nine in formation, and one soloist. Special equipment includes golden wheels and a green-tinted glass cabin.

  • Engine: mid-rear-mounted 7.3-liter Mercedes-Benz AMG V12
  • Horsepower: 670 hp
  • Torque: 575 hp
  • Top speed: 190+ mph
  • 0-62 mph: 3.4
  • Price: $1.8 million
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